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Editor's Note
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 12:00 am
Every week that governor-elect Bruce Rauner comes to Springfield he learns that the state’s fiscal condition is far worse than it was when he came the week before. This time he discovered a plan to
Guest Opinion
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:00 am
 The tributes to Judy Baar Topinka came in fast and strong Wednesday morning, just as we were going to press. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat: “The Illinois political scene lost its Polka Queen la
Editor's Note
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:00 am
It seems downtown Springfield has been discovered by billionaires, and that’s a good thing. Bruce Rauner, who says he’ll fix up the governor’s mansion and move in, was spotted relaxing at the Br
Editor's Note
Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 12:00 am
 On Monday evening, just before the Ferguson decision was announced, the Springfield Race Unity Committee was holding a forum on restorative justice, a method that could improve race relations an
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:00 am
This month’s Illinois Issues cover story on “Young black males” is recommended reading as the nation turns its attention again to Ferguson, Missouri. In the article by Maureen Foertsch McKinney,
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:00 am
 This week’s cover story by Scott Faingold, “Punk paradise in Southtown,” p. 12, brings to light a little-known cultural phenomenon in Springfield. A half dozen youth-oriented enterprises h
Editor's Note
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:00 am
 Many of us are hoping that Bruce Rauner won’t be as bad as we think he’s going to be. Even some of his supporters are secretly pleased that Mike Madigan is still in control to shield the sta
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:00 am
The billboard towering above Wabash Avenue still proclaims, “The Benedictine PROMISE: affordable and attainable undergraduate education.” It is a promise broken. Last Thursday the Benedictine Univ
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:00 am
As the State of Illinois cuts back its financial support and hours of operation for parks and historic sites, volunteers and donors are more important than ever. Last week the New Salem Lincoln League
Editor's Note
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:00 am
 Mddle East peace could begin in the Midwest, at Illinois College in Jacksonville. Why not? The historic progressive institution is thinking big and reaching wide by inviting Jimmy Carter, the fo

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